Out late and dirty: curfews and the covid city

One of the main losses resulting from covid lockdowns and curfews has been that of rights to disorder, mischief, debauchery, and any number of afterhours activities which take place among people. To respond to the thresholds theme of the new¬†Borderland¬†journal, I propose to inhabit the time-space of curfews and lockdowns, and confront their moral authority through …

Covid surfaces. Public walls in lockdown London (2)

Soho / Chinatown It was eerie yet energising to see my favourite part of town all boarded up. There is a hopeful paradox in this state of suspension, as the activity behind the boards has ceased, yet the street is hammered at and activated with intense works, the kind of which I have never seen …

Covid surfaces. Public walls in lockdown London (1)

Highbury/ Stoke Newington / Dalston / Brick Lane Leave it to city surfaces to tell the stories of our times, even during lockdown. This is an ever-so-limited perspective of a city that seems far and is dearly missed, but remains accessible in a compressed, guarded, hyperlocal iteration. First block of photos is from seven weeks …